American Psycho

American Psycho

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Director: Mary Harron

Cast: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto

     
 

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Bret Easton Ellis's dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s is brought to the screen in this unsettling drama with blackly comic overtones. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), the son of a wealthy Wall Street financier, is pursuing his own lucrative career with his father's firm. Bateman is the prototypical yuppie, obsessed with success, fashion, and style. He

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Bret Easton Ellis's dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s is brought to the screen in this unsettling drama with blackly comic overtones. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), the son of a wealthy Wall Street financier, is pursuing his own lucrative career with his father's firm. Bateman is the prototypical yuppie, obsessed with success, fashion, and style. He is also a serial killer who murders, rapes, and mutilates both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or reason. Donald Kimble (Willem Dafoe), a police detective, questions Bateman about the disappearance of Paul Allen (Jared Leto), whom Patrick murdered several days earlier. As Kimble stays on Bateman's trail, Bateman's mask of studied, distant cool begins to fall apart. American Psycho also features Reese Witherspoon as Bateman's girlfriend, as well as Samantha Mathis, Chloe Sevigny, and Guinevere Turner; the latter also co-authored the screenplay. Controversy followed the production from the start, when speculation that Leonardo Di Caprio would play Bateman sparked concerns that he would lure preteens to an R-rated movie. Di Caprio soon bowed out of the project, and original leading man Bale was reinstated. Later, a group of Toronto residents attempted to block filming in that city after Canadian serial killer Paul Bernardo claimed that Ellis's novel inspired his murder spree.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
An ax murder performed to the peppy beat of Huey Lewis and the News is just one of the many perverse pleasures to be found in this sharp adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis's controversial 1991 novel. In the hands of director Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol) and cowriter Guinevere Turner (Go Fish), Ellis's tale of a 27-year-old Wall Streeter (Christian Bale) who goes on a gruesome killing spree becomes a wicked black comedy that revels in its depiction of 1980s excesses. The film moves breezily through a time warp of designer drugs, trendy bars, and nouvelle cuisine, where the rich, well-tanned young preppies are pretty much interchangeable, vicious in their pursuit of dinner reservations at "in" restaurants, fancy business cards, and hard bodies. The strong supporting cast includes Chloe Sevigny and Reese Witherspoon, but American Psycho is largely a one-man show. Bale, with his combination of smug sarcasm and maniacal narcissism, is scarily effective as he hacks and saws his way through various friends and strangers while discoursing mechanically on '80s pop music that is as banal and empty as his soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
UPC:
0031398176374
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
19,066

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary from director/co-writer Mary Harron and actor/co-writer Guinevere Turner; American Psycho: From Book to Screen - including The Pornography of Killing, a video essay by Holly Willis; The '80s Downtown; Deleted scenes with optional director commentary; Newly remastered 16:9 widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX; Original trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Patrick Bateman
Willem Dafoe Donald Kimball
Jared Leto Paul Allen
Reese Witherspoon Evelyn Williams
Samantha Mathis Courtney Rawlinson
Chloë Sevigny Jean
Justin Theroux Timothy Bryce
Josh Lucas Craig McDermott
Guinevere Turner Elizabeth
Matt Ross Luis Carruthers
Bill Sage David Van Patten
Cara Seymour Christie

Technical Credits
Mary Harron Director,Screenwriter
Ernie Barbaresh Co-producer
Kerry Barden Casting
John Cale Score Composer
Barry Cole Musical Direction/Supervision
Joe Drake Co-producer,Executive Producer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Chris Hanley Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Andrew Marcus Editor
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Gideon Ponte Production Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Jeff Sackman Executive Producer
Andrzej Sekula Cinematographer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Christian Halsey Solomon Producer
Andrew M. Stearn Art Director
Clifford Streit Co-producer
Guinevere Turner Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/ Dinner and Dancing [4:42]
2. My Name Is Patrick Bateman [4:24]
3. Traditional Moral Values [6:08]
4. Calling Cards [4:52]
5. Mask of Sanity [4:40]
6. Hip to Be Square [6:28]
7. Detective Kimball [5:47]
8. Making Plans [3:00]
9. In Too Deep [5:19]
10. Card Envy [4:12]
11. Returning Videotapes [2:16]
12. Can We Talk? [3:25]
13. Murders & Executions [4:07]
14. So Many Possibilities [5:29]
15. Discussing Alibis [4:14]
16. Totally Disease Free [3:11]
17. Greatest Love of All [3:08]
18. Erratic Behavior [2:58]
19. Shooting Spree [3:19]
20. A Pretty Sick Guy [3:07]
21. Paul's Apartment [5:14]
22. Simply Not Possible [4:05]
23. No Catharsis [2:43]
24. End Credits [4:55]

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American Psycho 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is outstanding from start to finish. A classic, a must own for the DVD library. It is very dark, very sick and very good. Those that love it, get it, those that dislike this movie just don't get it and are, frankly, morons. If you understand the point, its truly a great accomplishment in film making.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the funniest movie I've seen in ages. The whole audience was in hysterics throughout the movie (sick world we live in:) The best part (other than for the obvious reasons)was Bateman running down the hall in nothing but his STARK WHITE tennis shoes holding a bloody axe. Great dark comedy - if you liked Harry and Maude, you'll probably like this movies sense of humor. Of course this is lot more bloody
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best movie I saw all summer. When it was over people booed, and you may too, but only because you didn't get it. American Psycho is a brilliant piece of satire and cinema. Follow Patrick Bateman through the 80's and through insanity. A wonderful movie. The book was 10 times better, but still and excellant movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure, but this may be my favorite movie I've ever seen. (I'm writing this after having watched it for the I-don't-know-how-many-th time) It is so refreshing to see a movie different from the standard Hollywood plotline. This movie is engrossing, incredibly original, and is a rollercoaster for anyone willing to really get into the mind of a homicidal, frantic lunatic. Christian Bale portrays this role in all its extrapolated subtleties with the fluent skill of a genius of his field. The supporting characters are masterfully written in a subtly surreal tone which perfectly frames the lost mind of Patrick Bateman, where this movie takes place. very entertaining. a laugh-riot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just rented this movie, had never heard of it,but it was in the ''we reccomend'' section of video store. I was expecting a thriller, but found myself laughing hysterically thru the whole movie. Nowhere on the outer jacket were the words funny or humorous. What a pleasant surprize!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie before I read the book. The first time I saw it, I must say I could not quite believe the murders were real. It was directed with such black humor, that a part of you wanted to believe that Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) was doing this in his head. The way it all gets swept under the carpet in the end is a classic. I hear 80's hours all the time, but reading the tiny details that were so much a fixture of his life really does remind me of the 80's. The book appeals to men more than women because of the monotony of details that are Patrick Bateman's life. He is obsessed with one particular restaurant he does not have the pull to get into and his drop-out brother completely unnerves him by getting in with no problem and has no idea how crushing this is to his brother. The violence is over the top, but this is a film that belongs in everyone's library with all the other movies we put up from our kids like Kill Bill. The horror is not the obvious killings, it is how many Patrick's we know personally. I watched the sequel that starred the Jackie from That 70's Show and found it equally fascinating though totally different.
Suesie More than 1 year ago
this was great, christian was so sick it was sweet to watch, running around naked in sneakers and a chainsaw, trying to put a cat in the ATM, cheesey 80's music they ment killing was about to happen. This guy was sick to the max and i loved it. just shows they even the most successful business man can be a killers not just the back woods hobo. worth the watch, best part was him killing Jarded leto's character while listeing to Huey Lewis & the News... ironic they make me want to kill myself when i hear their music...
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
Couldn't be more fun if Disney himself did it as The Wolf of Wall Street mixed with Pollyanna. I knew Christian Bale would be a star after watching Empire of the Sun.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes this film makes fun of the eighties and at the same time it revels in them. If you are a fan of Bale then you can not help but love this movie. Aside from Empire of the Sun this is probably the most screen time he has received in a film. The only lacking of the film is that the almost disgustingly precise description of the book can not be duplicated on film, it just is not fully possible. If you are in search of shocking black comedy this should be at the top of your list!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a nice change of the normal dung Hollywood has been putting out for the last several years. This is a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it. It was a weird thriller with a little dark humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the way he killed them was clever and original. I also liked some of the dark humor in it, too.
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